Great Drams In Brum :: Dead Bottle Collective’s Top Tips

March 29, 2017

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It would be remiss of us not to ask three of our lovely Birmingham Whisky Club members (and bona fide whisky experts) to do the occasional bits and pieces for us… For those of you who are unfamiliar with the lovely Dead Bottle Collective, these buys love to blog about whiskies from all over the world. This month, they’re sharing their top whisky tips for anyone looking for a delicious dram in Birmingham. Enjoy!

What’s your name:- Tom S.

What do you do and where do you do it:-

Blog, tweet and instagram for Dead Bottle Collective

What’s your current favourite whisky and why have you picked it:-

I’m sure that many of you, like me, really enjoyed the recent three part BBC Scotch documentary “Scotch! The story of whisky”.  One section that really fascinated me was the sudden growth of small whisky distilleries in Tasmania (here’s the link if you missed it). The largest producer on the island is Hellyers Road, they annually produce 50% less than “The farm distillery” Kilchoman – they can’t really be called big! I recently spotted a bottle of their Pinot Noir finished release in the Victoria, one of the bitters and twisted chain of cocktail bars in Birmingham.  On the nose its very fruity, light on the palate and a great sipper for the summer that is hopefully only just around the corner.

Where can you buy it and how much does it cost:-

A double set me back a stonking £3.50. The barman didn’t seem sure (I certainly wasn’t!), but he did check with his manager.  You might not be so lucky but I’d recommend a trip anyway.

What’s your name:- Rob W

What do you do and where do you do it:- Founder, Author, Tweeter and Instagrammer for Dead Bottle Collective.

What’s your current favourite whisky and why have you picked it:- 

After being turned away at the gates of Edradour distillery on recent trip to Scotland (after admittedly turning up on the wrong day) I’ve been on a mission to sample some more of their less common wares. Recently, I received that chance and since then my favourite dram in Birmingham has been the Edradour 10 Year Old (Cask 75) weighing in at a stonking 59.7%. Chock full of sherry influence and displaying notes of demerara, cinnamon and rich, dark fruits like damsons and prunes this whisky is all enveloping and as thick as hot caramel. I was an absolute peat freak for a couple of years but my gaze has now most definitely turned towards cask strength sherry finishes and this stands toe-to-toe with some of the best I’ve come across.

Where can you buy it and how much does it cost:- I bought a double in The Wellington for £7.00 and I’ve seen bottles of other batches available at Hard to Find Whisky in the Jewellery Quarter for around £60.00.

What’s your name:- Rob B

What do you do and where do you do it:- Co-founder, author, instagrammer and novice tweeter for Dead Bottle Collective.

What’s your current favourite whisky and why have you picked it:- I am the Harvey Dent of whisky. One half of me craves rich, Christmas cake, sherry bomb whisky, whilst the other half is an Islay junkie. When people think of Islay, they mostly think of the big, medicinal, peaty punches of Ardbeg, Lagavulin or laphroaig. Personally, I think Bunnahabhain can do know wrong. There is something about their briney, salty whisky, which makes me instantly think of barbequed shellfish on a deserted beach at dusk. The dream. I would go so far as to say that Bunnahabhain 12 year old is my favourite entry-level, supermarket dram.

In recent weeks, I have been keen to try some of the Bunnahabhain none-age statement whiskies and I managed to try the most recent batch of Ceobanach. A 46.3%, non-chill filtered offering, aged in bourbon casks for more than ten years, this dram is an absolute delight. The nose has a real citrus edge, which cuts through the slight notes of anticeptic. The palate has a real maltiness to it, with orange peel and peppery spice, as well as the usual Islay maritime note. The citrus taste hangs around on a pleasant finish, which is refreshing and really leaves you wanting another sip.

Where can you buy it and how much does it cost:- I tried this stunning dram at The Physician in Edgbaston – a place that all Birmingham whisky fans should investigate. Not only do they have a huge whisky menu on their website, but they have random gems like Ceobanach, for around £5.00, which aren’t on the website.